I have really enjoyed the Olympics this year, as I do every time they come back around. I’ve watched a lot of my favorites, like gymnastics and swimming/diving, as well as some others, like beach volleyball, track and field, and fencing. I have been impressed overall by the athletes’ dedication and drive, and jealous of their athleticism and fitness at the same time. But I started thinking tonight about how long they’ve been over there, and how long until they get back, and I realized they must be homesick in some way. I know if I were in China for over two weeks in early August, I would be missing things. Follow me after the jump to see what they are.
The hometown baseball team – and if you’re a Minnesota Twins’ fan, the excitement that goes along with being in a pennant race. I’d miss taking advantage of the short-lived enjoyment of scoreboard watching and their recent great play that is likely to come to an end just as we hit the home stretch for playoffs.
Pre-season football, and gearing up for another year of hype and excitement. I’m looking forward to following my team, the rivalries and stand-out players, and learning how to play Fantasy Football with the Ladies… whoo-hoo!
Summer home cooking, like barbeque chicken wings, hamburgers, watermelon, and a cool drink on the deck. (although I hear they have great take-out Chinese at these Olympics!)
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Getting ready for back to school, in some form or fashion. I love that feeling of getting organized, having a fresh start, and looking forward to something new. There’s nothing better than a fresh box of 64 Crayolas.
So, you tell me, what would you miss? Or, what do you think the Olympians are missing – like Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson, or Tyson Gay? Sure, nothing beats the thrill of representing your country, winning a medal (or even just competing at your best), and traveling the world. But there really is no place like home.